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Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University, founded in 1834, is a distinguished institution of higher education located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It comprises an undergraduate college, a graduate school of arts and sciences, and the professional schools: the School of Law, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the Divinity School, and the Babcock Graduate School of Management. Total University enrollment is about 6,450 students. The Reynolda campus of the university is situated on 340 acres which also includes Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village for shopping, restaurants, and other services in a beautiful setting. About a mile from the campus is the Graylyn International Conference Center, a 55-acre estate owned by the university. Wake Forest claims to offer the personal attention of a small liberal arts college coupled with the breadth and depth of a large research institution. They profess to maintain a faculty ideal of professors who are both teachers and scholars, resulting in meaningful research opportunities for students and classroom experiences with professors who are relevant in their fields. Wake Forest offers a variety of participant and spectator sports for men and women. The university offers many activities including indoor and outdoor tennis, swimming, miles of jogging trails, and a state-of-the-art exercise center in the Benson and Miller University Centers. For spectators, Wake Forest plays a full schedule of Atlantic Coast Conference sports. Both J.D. and LL.M. students participate in a wide variety of intramural club sports on the campus such as soccer and flag football.

With fewer than 12 students per professor, Wake Forest students do benefit from more personal engagement with teachers than some other American universities.

Useful links:
• WFU Law LL.M. Homepage:
• WFU Law International Graduate Programs:
• International Graduate Programs Blog:
• LL.M. Admission Qualifications:
• Applying to our LL.M. Program:
• WFU Center for International Studies:

The law school

The community atmosphere and beautiful campus are the first things you will notice when you arrive at Wake Forest Law School. At Wake Forest University School of Law, our small size is a huge advantage. We offer small classes that include American J.D. students and LL.M. students, a supportive mentoring program, and the talents of Wake Forest's dedicated faculty. We have a 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio and our first-year classes are no larger than 40 students. Small class size leads to a more intimate and engaged atmosphere of learning. Wake Law also boasts an impressive array of hands-on learning and practicing opportunities, including several law journals, seven practicing clinics, and over 30 student-led organizations. Wake Forest University School of Law was named among the nation’s best value in private law schools by National Jurist as well as being ranked in the top 40 law schools in the nation.

Tuition fees

The figures listed below represent estimated costs for the 2012-2013 academic year (nine months) for a single student in the LL.M. Program in American Law at Wake Forest University School of Law.

Tuition and fees - $37,010 Tuition will rise and has risen the last three years. For the past two years, increases over the prior year have been 3% and 4% respectively. Similar increases may be expected in future years.

Housing and utilities - $10,000 We recommend sharing an apartment as it can reduce costs by 1/3 to ½.

Food - $2,551

Student health insurance - $1,524 Students who are not adequately covered by a health insurance policy will be required to purchase WFU’s Student Blue Health Insurance. The estimated range of annual premiums is from $1,524 to $3,158.

Student Health Fee - $326 This new fee will be used to enhance student health services on the Reynolda campus. This fee is in addition to individual student health charges charged for services rendered.

Books and supplies - $800 All law students, including LL.M. students, are required to have a laptop computer.

Estimated cost of attendance - $52,211 The expenses listed do not include transportation to or from the home country and the United States or purchase and maintenance of a car in the U.S. Estimated costs for married law students accompanied by their families will be higher.

Entry Requirements

Admissions decisions for the LL.M. program are based on many factors, including the ability of an applicant to meet the demanding academic program. Factors considered are the applicant's academic and professional record, the candidate's ability to enhance the academic program of the law school, and the geographic diversity of the class.

We have the following requirements of students seeking admission to the program:

1) The student must have an undergraduate law degree from his/her home country.
2) The student must submit a TOEFL score that meets our minimum of 600/250/100. If your TOEFL score is lower than our minimum, you may be considered for conditional admission, which would require you to attend a summer ESL program in the US before beginning the LL.M. program in August.
3) Applicants must submit a complete application. We encourage all applicants to apply through Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You can find the list of application materials and instructions at

The Program

Wake Forest's LL.M. Program in American Law is a nine month (one school year) program of study for international lawyers and students who have law degrees from institutions in their home countries and who wish to enhance their legal careers by studying the laws of the United States. Our program is a full-time program, beginning in the fall semester. The LL.M. program, like our law school, is small and selective by design. We emphasize close personal attention to the student, one-on-one interaction with the professors, the daily opportunity to interact with American J.D. students, and geographic diversity in the LL.M. class. The Wake Forest University School of Law has offered strong international programs for over a decade, and many faculty members are experts in international legal issues. We generally enroll approximately 25 new students each year.

The program is not designed to prepare students to take U.S. bar exams or to practice in the United States although many Wake Forest graduates elect to take the New York State Bar Examination to enhance their international credentials.

Wake Forest graduates typically return to their home countries to resume or advance their legal careers in corporate law, public policy, litigation, public service, investment banking, and a wide range of other specialties related to international law. The LL.M. program has a long-standing tradition for preparing its graduates for significant leadership roles. Its alumni include prominent private attorneys, judges, government officials, in-house attorneys, general counsels, and S.J.D. candidates (

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